Diabetes is a complex chronic disease. However, with better management
and monitoring in the early stages, patients can see positive outcomes
and reduce the risk of complications later in life. The Allen Diabetes
Center is developed as a referral program to supplement primary care for
patients with diabetes. The Center is committed to being a one-stop destination
for patients with diabetes, providing diabetes-related services in support
of physicians and providing the highest quality care.
In addition to education and support services, the Allen Diabetes Center
offers expert clinical care. Eyes and blood glucose management are essential
elements of diabetes care so services in these categories will be available
for patients. At the Center, with a
referral from a physician, patients can have their retina scanned, see an endocrinologist,
meet with a nutritionist and receive diabetes education.
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and
problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in your
system. They take care of many conditions including
type 2 diabetes
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the Endocrinologist
at the Allen Center please call 949-764-8065.
High blood glucose levels can damage the small blood vessels in the eyes,
placing people with diabetes at risk for retinopathy.
Retinopathy is a disease in which high blood glucose levels cause the tiny
blood vessels of the retina to leak or break. New blood vessels grow and
may cover the center of vision, resulting in possible loss of vision or
Keeping blood glucose and blood pressure in a healthy range can help to
delay or prevent retinopathy. Be sure to have your eyes checked every year.
The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center offers patients retina scans
with a physician's referral. To schedule a scan please have your physician
send in a
Podiatry (foot care) for people with diabetes is frequently overlooked
as part of diabetes management. Hyperglycemia (higher levels of blood
glucose) can potentially damage the nerve endings in many areas of the
body and organs, which is why controlling one’s blood glucose is
an essential aspect of diabetes care.
You can take control of reducing your risk with the following recommendations:
- Keep your blood glucose in your target range
- Work with your diabetes care team to assess your individual risk
- Develop a daily foot care plan
- Avoid going barefoot
- Choose shoes that support your entire foot, and are wide enough and long
enough to give your foot plenty of room without pressure
- Wear a fresh pair of socks or stocking every day
- Check your shoes for any objects before putting them on
- Have your diabetes care team examine your feet at each visit